Generating high-quality evidence and making it accessible for educators and policymakers is a core part of our work. This page outlines how we prioritise and undertake this research. 


Deciding what to research

Each year, AERO will publish a Research Agenda outlining our annual priority areas of research. The research activity for each priority area is detailed in research projects. 

There 3 factors that help determine what goes in our agenda are:

  • Demand – We listen to the Australian education community to hear your priorities and interests.

  • Impact – We consider evidence gaps and areas of research that are likely to lead to the greatest impact.

  • Feasibility – We consider operational issues, including availability of resources, data and expertise.

We want to hear the topics that matter most to you. If you would like to suggest an area or topic that AERO should prioritise for research, please contact us.

Deciding our research projects

Projects are scoped through extensive consultation with relevant education stakeholders, including researchers, policymakers, teachers and educators. AERO seeks expert advice to assess the rigour and potential impact of our research projects. Projects are also approved by our expert Board

From time to time, AERO may also be commissioned by partner organisations to conduct research.

How we undertake research

AERO undertakes research projects in 3 ways:

  • internally using our research staff
  • commissioning other organisations or researchers to conduct entire research projects or a part of a particular research project
  • partnering with other organisations or researchers to collaborate on shared research projects.

We follow procurement governance policies and processes when commissioning or partnering with others.